Archive for the Recording Artist’s of the 1920’s and 1930’s Category

The Great Ontario 78 RPM And 45 RPM Record Sale

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , on June 10, 2016 by the78rpmrecordspins

On May 28th and May 29th, 2016, the first record sale of 2016 occurred at our premises in Brampton, Ontario. This was a test sale for our newly added LP category, which tops 5,000 in number. It was  a great success, as record collectors from the Greater Toronto Area, and from Montreal and Michigan converged.  Here are some photographs from that event.

 

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Earl Hines And His Orchestra-Sweet Ella May, 1929

Posted in 78's on Screen, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, Recording Artists of the 1930's and 1940's, The Sound of Jazz and Hot Dance 78's with tags , , on March 29, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Back in the early 1970’s I fondly remember taking my father to the now defunct Chicken Deli in Toronto one evening to see the great Earl “Fatha” Hines play piano. Since then, I have long admired his styling, as he was known for his great technique and talent for improvisation, horn-like phrasing, and a rhythm which influenced popular jazz throughout the swing era and into bebop. One of my favorite Hines recordings is “Sweet Ella May” recorded on Victor in 1929, and we hear Hines providing the vocals and solos on the piano.

 

Mart Britt And His Orchestra-Goose Creek, 1928

Posted in 78's on Screen, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, The Sound of Jazz and Hot Dance 78's with tags , , , on March 28, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

Here is a great little territory band that recorded sides with Victor. The personnel include Tony Almerico or Irwin Kunz-c/? Blue Steele-tb/Sidney Arodin-cl/Terry Shand-p/Mart Britt-bj/? sb/? d. Memphis, September 14, 1928. Vic 21760.

The Unknown Nordskog 3040-Burtnett and Miller Famous Orchestra

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, 78 RPM Record Development, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, The Collector's Hunt for 78's with tags , , , on February 28, 2015 by the78rpmrecordspins

I recently acquired a west coast recording on the rare Nordskog label, performed by the Burtnett and Miller Orchestra. The Brian Rust dance band or Jazz discographies fail to mention that the two collaborated in 1923 and hired west coast musicians in Los Angeles, California. A newspaper article mentions the joining of Earl Burtnett and Ray Miller, as Burtnett and Miller Famous Orchestra. What is interesting about this particular record is that the labels have been placed on the wrong side of the record, as the 3040 B appears in the inner grove with the A side label. The record has only one side of Jazz interest, where the orchestra performs “Lady of the Evening”. There are some interesting solos. The recording has been uploaded for you to listen to.

 

 

 

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The Construction Of “The St. Louis Blues Avenue” Record Room

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags on November 28, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

It has always been my dream to have a room set aside for listening to, and playing 78 RPM records, and to share that room with fellow collector’s in fellowship. After a good coat of paint to the walls, and the laying down of new carpet, I have begun the process of building new shelves, and taking the existing one’s to fill them with records. Most of my collection has been cataloged on an excel spreadsheet, and the newest additions are in boxes, ready to be put on these shelves. There are seven statues of Jazz musicians which have been added to the room, to give it a flavor of New Orleans. Here are some photographs from the construction, below!

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Bunny Berigan With The Fred Rich Orchestra-1936

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , on November 26, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Frank Westphal’s Orchestra 1930 “Sing You Sinner’s”

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, Recording Artists Who Appeared in Film with tags , , on May 10, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Frank Westphal was involved in various bands including the Benson Orchestra of Chicago. In 1921, he became established with his own dance orchestra at the newly opened Rainbo Gardens in Chicago. The open-air venue had a revolving stage to allow for continuous entertainment, table seating for 2,000 patrons, and space on the dance floor for an additional 1,500. Westphal’s band became popular for its “crisp, clever arrangements and superb musicianship.” Westphal’s musicians included, at various times, Charles Burns and Austyn Edwards (trumpets), Herb Winfield (trombone), Bill and Jack Richards (saxophones), John Jensen (tuba) and Earl Roberts (banjo). The band recorded in Chicago for Columbia Records regularly between 1922 and 1924, recording over 50 tracks of which 34 were issued. These included “Bugle Call Rag”, “Two Time Dan”, and “Oh! Sister, Ain’t That Hot!”, as well as novelty piano pieces played by Westphal in the style of Zez Confrey and Edward Claypoole such as “Pianola” and “Dusting The Keys”, which are “testimonies to his immense skill at the keyboard”.

Westphal did not record after 1924. He formed a new band, the All American Pioneers, and became the studio director of radio station WENR in Chicago, where he performed regularly and remained until the 1930’s.

Columbia Records Goes All Out For Paul Whiteman “Potato” Head Records 1928

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on May 9, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The King of Jazz, Paul Whiteman entered into a new recording contract with Columbia Records in 1928, after a long tenure with Victor, and as a sales gimmick, they introduced the characteristic potato head image of the band leader. To publicize his new 10 inch and 12 inch records, full page ads, such as the one below would appear in the newspapers.

 

old fulton ny post cards

Clarence Williams Washboard Band “P.D-Q. Blues” 1927

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, The History of Jazz and Blues Recordings with tags , , , , on March 30, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

It is always nice to turn up a page in a newspaper where a promotion for a recording occurs by the company that will turn out the 78 rpm record. The artwork behind some of these ads is quite good, and I thought about sharing this one for Clarence Williams Washboard Band, for the Vocalion race series, picked from the April 23, 1927 edition of The Pittsburgh Courier.

 

Old Fulton NY Post Cards-april 23, 1927 pittsburgh courier vocalion race ad

Have You Heard The New “Champion” Records? 1926

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on March 29, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Champion records in the 1920’s were derived from Gennett masters, and priced to sell as a budget label. The department store of Lit Brothers, situated in Philadelphia, PA., announced the latest Champion records that they were stocking, in the April 10, 1926 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

old fulton ny post cards-champion records philadelphia inquirer april 10, 1926.

The 78 RPM Sound Of Gilbert Watson And His Orchestra 1925 To 1926

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, The Sound of Jazz and Hot Dance 78's with tags , , , on March 27, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

On  March 12, 2014 I published a blog dealing with Canada’s Gilbert Watson and his Orchestra, and that I would be receiving sound files from his son. Those sound files have now been uploaded, and contain eight tracks of music that was recorded between 1925 to 1926 by the Compo Company, Lachine, Quebec, and released on several of their labels. The other two tracks that were recorded are not present, unfortunately. The track list is as follows:

 

1. Apex 728 Lonesome Me

2. Leonora 23016 That’s All There Is

3. Leonora 23016 Bamboola

4. Apex 728 Don’t Wake Me Up

5. Domino 21563 I Just Want To Be Known As “Susie’s Feller”

6. Microphone 22544 How Could Red Riding Hood?

7. Domino 21563 St. Louis Blues

8. Microphone 22544 Don’t Be Angry With Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Rare Okeh Ajax Race Record Advertisement 1924

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , on March 26, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

At first glance one would think this is just an advertisement for Okeh Race Records because of the banner at the top. But once you see names like Helen Gross and the Choo Choo Jazzers, ( with a 17000 catalogue number) appear, you know you’ve stumbled upon a rare find. The George M. Wood  record store of Pittsburgh claimed to be a pioneer in dealing with race records, and sponsored this advertisement, found in the September 6, 1924 Pittsburgh Courier.

 

old fulton ny post cards-pittsburgh courier sept 6, 1924 ajax records.

Red Nichols And His Five Pennies Appear In Sycracuse New York 1929

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on March 25, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

According to the July 3, 1929 edition of the Syracuse New York Journal, Red Nichols and his Five Pennies, were booked for an engagement at the Playland Dance Pavilion for Independence Day.

 

old fulton ny post cards-syracuse ny journal july 3, 1929 red nichols.

Curtis Mosby’s Dixieland Blue Blowers At Solomon’s Dance Pavilion in L.A. 1925

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on March 23, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Curtis Mosby led a busy life as a promoter, drummer, bandleader and club owner, during the 1920’s in California. He had his own band in 1921 and also recorded with Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds between 1922 and 1923. He moved to Los Angles from Oakland, California. He is known to have recorded later for Columbia, between 1927 and 1929. The promotion for his appearance at Solomon’s Dance Pavilion was placed in the September 9, 1925 edition of Variety.

old fulton ny post cards-variety sept 9, 1925 mosby blue blowers.

Jean Goldkette And His Orchestra Appear At The Roseland Ballroom 1926

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , on March 23, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Variety announced that the Goldkette Orchestra would be appearing at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on January 26, 1926. Two days later, on January 28th,  they would be in the Victor studios in New York City recording “Dinah” and “After I Say I’m Sorry”. The Goldkette Orchestra consisted of  Doc Ryker-Jimmy Dorsey-cl-as, Don Murray-cl-ts, Joe Venuti-vn, Chauncey Morehouse-d, Russ Morgan-a, Fuzzy Farrar-Ray Lodwig-t, Spiegle Wilcox-Bill Rank-tb, Lou Longo-p, Howdy Quicksell-bj, Steve Brown-sb, and Frank Bessinger-v. Bix Beiderbecke does not record with the Goldkette Orchestra until October 12, 1926.

old fulton ny post cards-jean goldkette variety jan 20,1926.

American Crown Record Label April Release 1931

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , on March 23, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The American Crown label started in 1930 as a result of  Plaza’s exclusion from the newly formed American Record Corporation. This budget label sold in the stores for a mere 25 cents, and often studio groups recorded on this label, including Lou Gold and Adrian Schubert’s Orchestra. Some of the more sought after names that Jazz collector’s tend to look for on this label included Gil Rodin’s Orchestra, Fletcher Henderson’s Connie’s Inn Orchestra, and, Gene Kardos as Joel Shaw. The March 30, 1931 issue of the Amsterdam Daily Democrat and Recorder, Amsterdam, New York carried a rare insert for the release of Crown Records for April.

old fulton ny post cards-amsterdam democrat and record march 20, 1931 crown record ad. 

Ben Pollack And His Orchestra Before Victor 1925

Posted in Interviews and Articles, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , on March 22, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins


According to a September 1925 issue of Variety, the Ben Pollack Orchestra from Venice, California, had been playing an exclusive engagement at the Venice Ballroom. The most important part of this insert, was the mention of all the musicians in the orchestra at the time. Notice how Benny Goodman is addressed and the fact that he plays saxophone in addition to the clarinet. The other, better known original member of the band mentioned, was Gil Rodin, who would later form his own group, and record for Crown Records in the early 1930’s. 

old fulton ny post cards-variety sept 9, 1925 ben pollack orchestra.

Is This The Austin High Gang? A Photographic Mystery 1928

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

From what I understand, the Chicago Rhythm Kings were made up of what was known as the “Austin High Gang”. This group of musicians consisted of Gene Krupa on drums, Eddie Condon guitar and vocals, Joe Sullivan on piano, Mezz Mezzrow, tenor saxophone, Frank Teschemacher on clarinet, Mugsy Spanier on cornet, and Red McKenzie, vocals. They apparently recorded for Brunswick in April, 1928. So, how is it that this advertisement, inserted in the Albany Evening News on January 20, 1928 states that they are already recording artists? Because the photograph is so dark, I could only make out  possibly Joe Sullivan, with his glasses. Is that Teschemacher second from the left holding a clarinet? At least the advertisement shows that the group was to appear at Murray’s Dance Academy in Albany, New York.

 

Update! A viewer on Facebook has cleared up the mystery! This is not the Chicago Rhythm Kings that recorded in April, 1928. It is an all black band. The picture of the musicians has been uploaded for identification.

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old fulton ny post cards-albany evening news jan 20 1928 chkings.

Ross Gorman And His Earl Carroll Orchestra At The Earl Carroll Theatre 1925

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

I stumbled upon an interesting full-page advertisement placed in the July 1, 1925 issue of Variety, depicting Ross Gorman, and the names included in the orchestra that would appear at the Earl Carroll Theatre on July 6th. The most notable were Miff Mole and “Red” Nichols. Don Voohrees is mentioned as manager and musical director.

old fulton ny post cards-july 1, 1925 variety ross gorman with miff and red.

Husk O’Hare Super Orchestra In Milwaukee 1923

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Anderson “Husk” O’Hare was born in Chicago in 1890, and became a booking agent  for bands during the 1920’s. He led his own “Super” orchestra, which recorded for Gennett in 1922. Husk O’Hare is probably best known for his association with the Friar’s Society Orchestra, and thereafter, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. In 1923 his orchestra was on tour in Milwaukee, and would perform at the Riverview Ballroom. The publicity for the event was advertised in the Milwaukee Journal on February 4th.

the milwaukee journal   google news archive search-feb 4, 1923 husk o'hare.

 

Leona Williams And Her Dixie Band

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Since my last article about singer Leona Williams and her Dixie Band, I searched high and low for more advertisements that Columbia records would have run between 1922 and 1923. I was fortunate to find two more, in The Atlanta Independent, which was the local colored newspaper at that time. As I previously may have mentioned, her band was none other than members of The Original Memphis Five.

the atlanta independent   google news archive search-march 22, 1923.the atlanta independent   google news archive search-june 22, 1922.

Millard G. Thomas And His Chicago Orchestra In Ottawa, Ontario 1926

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, Recording Artists of the 1930's and 1940's with tags , , , , on March 17, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

American born Millard G. Thomas was a blues pianist, who immigrated to Montreal, Quebec, circa 1918. He took up position as pit band leader at local Vaudeville theatres from 1919 to 1924. The Compo Company, Lachine, Quebec, had just launched its race record in the United States under the Ajax label in 1923. The band made five records for the Ajax label, between March 7, 1924 and August 12, 1924, and continued to play the Vaudeville circuit in Canada until 1926. On May 21, 1926 the announcement of the new amusement park in Ottawa, Royal Park, contained the news that the Millard G. Thomas Chicago Orchestra would be performing.

 

ottawa citizen   google news archive search-millard j. thomas chicago novelty orchestra may 21, 1926.

The Dance Bands That Montrealer’s Enjoyed In 1923 And 1924

Posted in Canadian Recording Artists of the 1920's, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's on March 17, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Montreal, Quebec was bustling with American and Canadian musical talent who recorded during the early 1920’s, some played Vaudeville at the Princess Theatre, while others were fortunate enough to play at the Clubs and Hotels. You may be surprised at whom you see below!

the montreal gazette   google news archive search-may 31, 1924 paul whiteman.the montreal gazette   google news archive search-june 22, 1923 isham jones.the montreal gazette   google news archive search-joseph smith orchestra-june 8, 1923.the montreal gazette   google news archive search-april 12, 1924 ben bernie.

the montreal gazette   google news archive search-april 9, 1923 martucci.

Saxi Holtsworth’s Harmony Hounds Play Vaudeville In Montreal 1923

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , on March 15, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Saxi Holtsworth Harmony Hounds are regarded as a Jazz band,  from the recordings they made for both the Emerson and Gennett labels, between 1920 and 1924. In addition to the other band members,  Saxi played clarinet, while his brother Charlie was one of the  two trumpet player’s, and the Mrs. Saxi Holtsworth, Vera Burt, was the vocalist. The Vaudeville circuit in New York and Philadelphia is where the group was known to have performed, but no where is it mentioned, to my knowledge, that they ever had a gig in Montreal, Quebec. This gig at the Imperial Cabaret in Montreal took place on October 5, 1923. Their last recording in 1924 for Gennett of “Tropical Palms,” and, “How Come You Do Me Like You Do,” was also released on the Canadian Starr Gennett label, number 9598.

 

The Montreal Gazette   Google News Archive Search-october 5, 1923 saxi holtsworth harmony hounds

Gilbert Watson And His Orchestra 1925 To 1942

Posted in Canadian Recording Artists of the 1920's, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's, Records in Canada with tags , , , , , , , on March 12, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Most Canadian jazz collectors of the 1920’s would say that the Gilbert Watson Orchestra, was the first to record jazz. Gilbert Watson was born in Glasgow, Scotland on October 31, 1896, and died in Peterborough, Ontario on August 12, 1959. He studied piano with Michael Hambourg and Harvey Robb, and played at the Allen Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. He worked for several music retailers in Toronto, including Mason and Risch (in the Victrola department) and Whaley Royce (as store manager).

In the mid 1920’s he formed his own dance band, which played at the Prince George Hotel, where he was heard on the Toronto radio station and, from 1935 to 1942. The band also appeared in dance pavilions around Toronto. In 1929 the orchestra also performed a recital at Massey Hall in Toronto, a first for Massey Hall. The seven or eight musicians made a total of nine sides for the Compo Company of Lachine, Quebec, first recording on July 12, 1925 and then again on November 15, 1926. Six sides released in 1925 appeared on the Apex and Starr labels, while the three sides made in 1926 appeared on the Domino label. It is not clear if any of the recordings ever showed up on other Compo labels such as Lucky Strike and Microphone.

Watson retired from music in 1942 after the Old Mill band broke up, and opened a Summer resort, Gil-Mar Lodge, and a dance hall at Sturgeon Lake in the Kawartha region of Ontario. Below is a photographic history of the Watson Orchestra, some pics are seen here for the first time! The first set shows the band in 1925 and 1929, and the second line shows The Old Mill Orchestra, along with some personal photo’s of Gilbert Watson and sheet music.

Most of this information has been provided to me by Gilbert Watson’s son, Doug, for whom I am very grateful. I hope to upload some recordings of the Gilbert Watson Orchestra in the near future.

 

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Brunswick Phonographs And Race Records 1929

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Phonographs That Played 78 rpm records, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , on March 12, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

It is not common to find an advertisement which combined both phonographs and race records together, let alone in a non colored newspaper. Such was the case in this Brunswick insert, placed in The Tulia Herald, Tulia, Texas on May 9, 1929.

 

The Tulia Herald  Tulia  Tex   Vol. 20  No. 19  Ed. 1  Thursday  May 9  1929  Page  10   The Portal to Texas History

“He’s Tight Like This” Hilda Alexander And Mamie McClure 1929

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Brunswick’s Race Records gave us a good example of their ability to put a great blues tune on one side of a record, and a great jazz tune on the flip side on record number 7069. First there is the blues singing team of Hilda Alexander and Mamie McClure backed up by the Backa Town Boys, and, to a suprisingly lesser degree, we find Jabbo Smith and his Rhythm Aces “Michigander Blues” mentioned.

The Afro American   Google News Archive Search-1

Louis Armstrong Is The King Of Trumpet Players 1929

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on March 8, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The Okeh Phonograph Corporation ran a series of new release advertisements in the Afro-American newspaper of Baltimore, Maryland during 1929 for their star performer, Louis Armstrong. One of these release ads, run on April 13, 1929, suggested most appropriately, that Louis was indeed the “King of Trumpet Players” .

The Afro American   Google News Archive Search

“Down Hearted Blues” Eva Taylor And Clarence Williams 1923

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , on March 4, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

From the pages of The Atlanta Independent comes this photographic advertisement of both Eva Taylor and Clarence Williams together, as part of the General Phonograph Corporation’s promotion of their new release “Down Hearted Blues”. The Okeh release appeared first, on May 3, 1923 .

 

The Atlanta Independent   Google News Archive Search

Rare Black Swan Promotion 1922

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on March 3, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

This rare Black Swan race record promotion ran in the negro newspaper ”The Dallas Express”  on July 22, 1922.

 

The Dallas Express  Dallas  Tex.   Vol. 29  No. 40  Ed. 1 Saturday  July 22  1922  Sequence  8   The Portal to Texas History-black swan

Ted Lewis And His Band Appear At Edmund Gram Music House 1923

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

By 1923 Ted Lewis and his Band were already successful artists with Columbia Records. The Milwaukee music store of Edmund Gram, Wisconsin’s leading piano house, announced that Ted Lewis and his Band would make a personal appearance on February 16, 1923, to give a concert. Edmund Gram planned to celebrate the fact that they would be now handling Columbia phonographs and records. The ad was run the day before in The Milwaukee Sentinel.

The Milwaukee Sentinel   Google News Archive Search

Jazz King Makes $800,000 In Five Years 1922

Posted in Interviews and Articles, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , on March 1, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

I came across an article about band leader Isham Jones, and how he became a successful  jazz musician and recording artist. Anyone familiar with Isham Jones knows that he was associated with Brunswick Records. The blurb itself appeared in the Lawrence, Kansas newspaper on June 20, 1922, the Lawrence Journal-World.

 

Lawrence Journal World   Google News Archive Search

March Victor Records 1923

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , on March 1, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

At the beginning of each month, Victor Records would announce its latest releases in national newspapers throughout Canada, and the United States. Here are three examples of different banners used to announce the releases on March 1, 1923.

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Devine’s Wisconsin Roof Garden Orchestra At The Royal Dance Palais 1927

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on February 28, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The Royal Dance Palais, located in Dubuque, Iowa was one of the best locations in that state to find the latest recording dance bands.  The announcement that Devine’s Wisconsin Roof Garden Orchestra was billed to play there included the record labels they recorded on. This announcement appeared in the May 20, 1927 edition of The Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, Dubuque, Iowa.

 

The Telegraph Herald and Times Journal   Google News Archive Search

Original Browns Saxophone Six Appear At The Colonial Theatre 1923

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , on February 28, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

From the late 1900’s until 1920 The Six Brown Brothers, originally from Canada, recorded for both Emerson and Victor. They were highly successful in becoming known in the Vaudeville circuit also at that time, and were billed as ”Original Browns Saxophone Six” while they played a three-day engagement at the Colonial Theatre in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in May, 1923.

Beaver Falls Tribune   Google News Archive Search-browns saxophone six

Here Are The Latest Hits On Regal And Banner 1923

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on February 28, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

William H. Bonnage of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania  advertised the latest hits that they carried on Regal and Banner Records, which sold for 49 cents, in the February 10, 1923 edition of The Beaver Falls Tribune.

 

Beaver Falls Tribune   Google News Archive Search

”I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate” Leona Williams And Her Jazz Band 1922

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The recording of this record on the Columbia label took place in New York City on September 19, 1922. Many famous Jazz musicians backed up Williams on her recordings, including Jimmy Durante on Piano, Miff Mole on Trombone, and Phil Napoleon on trumpet, or The Original Memphis Five if you wish. The release of the record did not appear in the newspaper until November 17, 1922.

 

The Afro American   Google News Archive Search-leonora

Lucille Hegamin And Her Blue Flame Syncopaters 1921

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on February 23, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Below is a rare photograph of Lucille Hegamin  and her Blue Flame Syncopaters from March 4, 1921, announcing her new recording on the rare Arto label. The Lexington Music Shop was in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

The Afro American   Google News Archive Search-lucille hegamin

Mamie Smith And Her Jazz Hounds 1922

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on February 23, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Here is wonderful advertisement by the East Texas Phonograph Co., depicting Okeh Records artist Mamie Smith and her Jazz Hounds. This was inserted in the Dallas Express on July 1, 1922.

The Dallas Express  Dallas  Tex.   Vol. 29  No. 37  Ed. 1 Saturday  July 1  1922  Sequence  5   The Portal to Texas History

Ray Miller And His Orchestra Appear At The Hotel Sherman In Chicago 1929

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Ray Miller and his Orchestra, who record with Brunswick Records, have a current engagement at the Hotel Sherman College Inn, according to this advertisement in a Chicago publication, February, 1929.

 

Vol. 6  No. 10  February 9  1929

 

 

Jack Crawford Orchestra in Miami Florida 1929

Posted in Interviews and Articles, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on February 22, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Victor recording artist Jack Crawford and his Orchestra are signed on to appear at the Million Dollar Pier in Miami Beach. The announcement was made on September 1, 1929 via The Miami News newspaper.

 

The Miami News   Google News Archive Search-jack crawford The Miami News   Google News Archive Search-crawford 2

Jelly Roll Morton And His Red Hot Peppers Appear At The Lindo Theatre In Freeport, Illinois 1927

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on February 20, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

On Saturday, October 22, 1927, The Lindo Theatre of Freeport, Illinois announced its upcoming shows for the next couple of days. Headlining Monday’s show is none other than Victor Records Jelly Roll Morton. Here below is a scan of that advertisement.

 

Freeport Journal Standard  Saturday  October 22  1927  Page 5-jelly roll morton

King Oliver Appears At The Reading Casino 1924

Posted in Interviews and Articles, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on February 19, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

These two items appeared in The Reading Eagle, Reading, PA., on May 13, 1924 regarding an appearance of King Oliver on May 14th for a dance at The Casino. This casino was controlled, I believe, by the notorious gangster Tony Moran.

 

Reading Eagle   Google News Archive Search-king oliver may 13,1924-king

The Original Indiana Five At Junction Park, Beaver, PA. 1926

Posted in Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , on February 18, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

The Original Indiana Five had various musicians in the group while they recorded from 1923 to 1929. Some of these were: James Christie on Trumpet, Tony Colucci, Banjo, Nick Vitalo on Clarinet and Alto Saxophone, and Harry Ford, Piano and Director. I came across an advertisement in The Daily Times of Beaver, PA. for the Original Indiana Five appearing at Junction Park. The ad was placed in the paper the date of the concert, June 15, 1926.

 

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“Am I Blue” Jimmie Noone And His Apex Club Orchestra 1929

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on February 17, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

From the motion picture “On With The Show” comes Jimmie Noone and his Apex Club Orchestra’s interpretation of “Am I Blue”, and, “Birmingham Bertha”. The promotion for his recording on the Vocalion label was advertised in The Afro-American, Baltimore, Maryland on October 5, 1929.

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“Croonin’ The Blues” Jabbo Smith And His Rhythm Aces 1929

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on February 17, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

A second Jabbo Smith and his Rhythm Aces advertisement has been located! Brunswick inserted this ad in the August 3, 1929 edition of The Afro-American.

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Jazz Trumpeter And Soloist of Whiteman’s Orchestra Is Former Davenport Lad 1928

Posted in Interviews and Articles, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on February 16, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke, native of Davenport, Iowa, is featured in an article, found in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, April 25, 1928. 

 

Davenport Democrat and Leader  Wednesday  April 25  1928  Page 19

Solid Evidence That People Were Dying To Hear Columbia Records in 1927

Posted in 78 RPM Record Humour, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , on February 15, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

From Wellington County, Texas comes undisputed proof that people were dying to hear Columbia Records in 1927, as per this insert found in the April 19th, Wellington Leader. 

 

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Six Paramount Record Advertisements From Texas 1923

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

Here are the best six Paramount Race Record advertisements from The Dallas Express in 1923. The Dallas Express was the colored newspaper of Texas.

 

The Dallas Express  Dallas  Tex.   Vol. 34  No. 44  Ed. 1 Saturday  September 8  1923  Sequence  3   The Portal to Texas History-ida cox with jazz band The Dallas Express  Dallas  Tex.   Vol. 34  No. 42  Ed. 1 Saturday  August 25  1923  Sequence  3   The Portal to Texas History-monette moore The Dallas Express  Dallas  Tex.   Vol. 34  No. 39  Ed. 1 Saturday  August 4  1923  Sequence  6   The Portal to Texas History-ida cox The Dallas Express  Dallas  Tex.   Vol. 31  No. 7  Ed. 1 Saturday  December 15  1923  Sequence  6   The Portal to Texas History-ida cox3 The Dallas Express  Dallas  Tex.   Vol. 31  No. 6  Ed. 1 Saturday  December 8  1923  Sequence  6   The Portal to Texas History-alberta hunter The Dallas Express  Dallas  Tex.   Vol. 30  No. 34  Ed. 1 Saturday  June 30  1923  Sequence  3   The Portal to Texas History-sara martin

“Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie” Pinetop Smith 1929

Posted in 78 RPM Label Discography, Recording Artist's of the 1920's and 1930's with tags , , , , , , on February 14, 2014 by the78rpmrecordspins

A master of the boogie woogie style of blues piano, Clarence “Pinetop” Smith recorded for the Vocalion label in 1928 and 1929. His style was the essance of ragtime and influenced many future pieces in that style. Vocalion advertised record number 1245 in The Afro-American, Baltimore, Maryland, on April 6, 1929.

 

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